Occupational Therapy Assistant

Program LengthFive semesters


Potential Salary Range$48,230



Occupational therapy is a skilled treatment that assists people of all ages participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Occupational therapy helps people function in all of their environments and addresses the physical, psychological and cognitive aspects of their well-being through engagement in occupations. Entry level practice requires a master’s degree for occupational therapists and an associate’s degree for occupational therapy assistants.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant curriculum at Navarro College includes both classroom education at the College and fieldwork (clinical) training in occupational therapy and community settings. Upon successful completion of academic and fieldwork education, students are awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree. Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification exam for occupational therapy assistants provided by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) to become a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA). Additional employment requires, such as state licensure, vary from state to state and among countries. The student is encouraged to determine the additional employment requirements of the state or nation in which he or she wishes to work.

Requirements for Student Progression, Completion and Retention


  • Upon admission to the program, the student will provide proof of a clear federal background check, a physical health examination by a certified health professional, documentation of required immunizations or immunity, and healthcare provider CPR. Fieldwork education will require drug screens.
  • The student will maintain professional liability insurance while enrolled in the program.
  • The student will complete all required coursework with a grade of “C” or better. The OTA Program follows the Health Professions grading scale as outlined in the College Catalog.
  • Extended travel (early mornings, evenings, and/or weekends) within 70 miles of the student’s home may be necessary for fieldwork education.
  • Entry into Level II fieldwork (practicum) must begin within six months of completing academic studies.
  • Completion of Level II fieldwork (practicum) must occur within 16 months of completion

Please note: A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification exam and/or attain state licensure.



Admission to the OTA Program is a separate procedure from admission to Navarro College. Applicants must first meet all admission criteria for Navarro College. After acceptance as a student by Navarro College, a student may submit an application to the OTA Program. Positions in this program are limited. A new class is accepted for admission into the program each summer.

Admission to the OTA Program is based on a competitive basis. Applicants are awarded points and ranked based on the following criteria:

  • Completion of Prerequisites and Grade Awarded:
    • HPRS 1101 Introduction to Health Professions
    • BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I
    • BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Overall GPA (grade point average) of Prerequisite Courses
  • Completion of Prior Degree (points will vary depending on the degree)
  • Previous Health Care Work Experience
  • Completion/Exemption of the College Entrance Test (TSI)

Applicants with the highest number of points will be selected for the number of vacant position in the next class admission. Students who are ranked but not admitted due to program resources will be held as alternates. Annual enrollment will be determined by Navarro College and based on available fieldwork education sites, faculty, or other factors.

Selection of students for admission into the program will take place during the month of April. Students should receive notification as to their status within the program during the month of May. Students selected for admission will be required to return the Declaration of Intent and attend a mandatory orientation prior to the start of classes.

Program information sessions are conducted throughout the year on the Midlothian and Corsicana campuses. It is recommended that any student considering application to the program attend an information session.

The curriculum is designed to meet the standards of the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The Corsicana campus of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program has been granted Accreditation by ACOTE. The Midlothian campus of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program has been granted Developing Status by ACOTE.

ACOTE can be contacted at:

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Phone: (301) 652-2682

Complaints regarding the program can be addressed to the OTA Program Director and/or Dean for Health Professions.



HPRS 1101   Introduction to Health Professions
HPRS 1206   Essentials of Medical Terminology
HPRS 2232   Health Care Communication
OTHA 1161   Clinical in OTA I
OTHA 1162   Clinical in OTA II
OTHA 1305   Principles of Occupational Therapy
OTHA 1309   Human Structure and Function in Occupational Therapy
OTHA 1311   Occupational Performance Throughout the Lifespan
OTHA 1315   Therapeutic Use of Occupations or Activities I
OTHA 1341   Occupation Performance from Birth to Adolescence
OTHA 2201   Pathophysiology in OTA
OTHA 2211   Abnormal Psychology
OTHA 2235   Health Care Management in Occupational Therapy
OTHA 2309  Mental Health in Occupational Therapy
OTHA 2331   Physical Function in Occupational Therapy
OTHA 2366   Practicum in OTA I
OTHA 2367   Practicum in OTA I
OTHA 2402   Therapeutic Use of Occupations or Activities II


Occupational Therapist


Helpful Resources for Research

Disability and Rehabilitation Research Resources
Evidence based medicine
Evidence based occupational therapy (OT Seeker)
Library of Congress
National Academy Press
National Library of Medicine
NIH guide for grants and contracts


The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
For Prospective Students



A.A.S. Occupational Therapy Assistant

Guy Featherston, Dean
Bain Center, Room 226
Jeanette Krajca, OTR, M.S.,
Program Director
Bain Center, Room 205
Lesa Hough, OTR, M.A.
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
NCM2, Room 211


Kristi Mcleod, COTA, B.B.A., Professor
Bain Center, Room 204
Martha Phillips, COTA, Faculty
Bain Center, Room 207


Shannon Samples, COTA, Faculty



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*Tuition cost reflects a 15-credit hour semester for in-district students for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Cost does not include labs, fees, books, or supplies. Program costs are approximate and cost is subject to change.
Download the full Fall 2014 tuition chart here .